Step up the NZ stand on an­nex­a­tion

The Dominion Post - - Letters | Opinion -

The Is­raeli am­bas­sador to NZ, Dr Itzhak Ger­berg, re­fused to meet with J-LINK, a group of pro­gres­sive Jewish peo­ple, who wished to dis­cuss con­cerns for Is­rael’s plans to an­nex parts of the West Bank.

He also used a tweet to re­spond to the min­is­ter of for­eign af­fairs’ an­nounce­ment that crit­i­cised Is­rael’s plan to ex­tend its sovereignt­y on oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian ter­ri­tory start­ing to­day.

Uni­lat­eral an­nex­a­tion is il­le­gal un­der in­ter­na­tional law and con­tra­venes all rel­e­vant UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions per­tain­ing to the Is­rael-Pales­tine con­flict.

The in­abil­ity of the Is­raeli Gov­ern­ment to en­gage in any form of di­a­logue, in­clud­ing with Jewish voices in the di­as­pora, re­flects a gen­eral con­tempt by the Ne­tanyahu-led gov­ern­ment for democ­racy, hu­man rights and jus­tice.

While I ap­plaud the New Zealand Gov­ern­ment in mak­ing a state­ment on this is­sue, I en­cour­age the min­is­ter to join pro­gres­sive Jewish voices from around the world by send­ing a stronger mes­sage to Is­rael.

To find peace through jus­tice Is­rael must cease its on­go­ing colo­nial project of land an­nex­a­tion and op­pres­sive mil­i­tary rule of the Pales­tinian peo­ple.

Sue Ber­man, mem­ber of Dayenu (New Zealand Jews again Oc­cu­pa­tion) and sig­na­ture to J-LINK Aotearoa

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